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of people informed. we greatly appreciate it. that's more for us. more on superstorm sandy all night on cnn. >>> hello, welcome to cnn's special coverage of the super storm sandy. we want to welcome our international viewers as well from around the world. it's 1:00 in the morning east coast time here in atlanta and we have reporters up and down the east coast bringing us the latest developments all hour long. really into the night. no hype, overestimates or anything on this one. damage estimates are in the billions. sandy is big. sandy is powerful and she is a killer. already at least 12 people have been reported dead in the u.s. five alone in new york. 5.3 million people are without power. 23 states are under wind advisories. damage from the wind alone could top $3 million. and sandy is already response iblg f67 deaths in caribbeans. >> roads flooded out. the water rising above the cars in some locals. this historic superstorm made landfall over the most populated areas of the u.s. wind damage, power outages, storm surges, inland flooding, you name it, even snowstorms are threatening the l
>>> welcome back to our continuing coverage of hurricane sandy. president barack obama suspending his campaigning, now back to the primary duties of his job as the country's leader. just moments ago he was at fema headquarters in washington, d.c. talking about the hurricane. let's listen in. >> good afternoon, everybody. obviously all of us across the country are concerned about the potential impact of hurricane sandy. this is a serious and big storm. and my first message is to all people across the eastern seaboard, mid-atlantic going north, you need to take this very seriously. follow the instructions of your state and local officials because they are going to be providing you with the best advice in terms of how to deal with this storm over the coming days. we just had an excellent meeting with the fema team here, the various agencies that are in charge, including the department of defense, department of energy and others that are going to need to respond very quickly. under craig fugate's leadership here at fema, we've had a chance to talk to the region al officials as well, a
out? >> we do not know the answer to that. all of the events are capricious such as sandy. you can't tell which wave is going to be packing the most punch. sometimes it's the second, third, or last one. so it's sort of a train wreck coming through slowly but surely. and you have to make sure that you have a very good idea that the worst is by you before you start sending people back into the areas that could be affected. >> so of course as you prepare for the worst, you mentioned the phrase train wreck. i've talked to a number of people live on air. and the good news it seems is though people in hawaii have been through and while concern is high, there's no real panic. >> that's correct. we have a lot of experience with it. the one public was that it was a very short fuse. when it happened in japan, we had about six hours. when it happens off the coast of south america we have that much, maybe more. this was 2 1/2 hours. because it's a direct shot at the hawaiian island. slarlt, we h as a result -- as result, we had to make sure everything was done, and happily the experiences of t
, covering the remains of super storm sandy. i'm in new york city, lower manhattan this morning. also lots to bring up to speed with across this city. there's a major fire that is burning. dozens of homes have been destroyed by this raging fire and there are two dozen more that are still burning. update you on what's happening there. also, in lower manhattan where i am today, flooded by historic storm surge, a power transformer not very far from here has exploded. it plunged this neighborhood into darkness, forced the evacuation as well, the partial evacuation of one of new york's largest hospitals. transportation here in the city has been paralyzed. the subway system could be shut down for days. from the carolinas to new england and beyond, cnn is covering the aftermath of the storm here in new york and where this super storm is headed, like no other network can. it is tuesday, october 30th and special coverage of super storm sandy begins right now. >>> morning. welcome, everybody. you're watching our special coverage. we want to welcome our international viewers. they've been calling thi
live reports up and down the east coast as sandy continues to rip down power lines and flood streets and communities and cause those evacuations. >> we continue to watch this dangerous storm all long. the next hour of the cnn special coverage of the superstorm sandy begins right now. >>> it is now 3:00 in the morning here on the east coast. we have reporters up and down the east coast bringing us the latest developments all over how long. look how posteriorful it is, ripping down trees, crushing cars. at least 13 people dead. five in new york as we've said. the number now customers without power, up to 6.5 million. we've talked about this as a northeast and mid-atlantic storm but 23 states under high wind warnings are advisories right now. cnn estimates that the wind alone could cause damage upwards of $3 billion. already 67 people killed in the caribbean. >> and then take a look at this, what's become a fairly common scene, unfortunately. roads flooded. the water rising nearly above a lot of cars that are parked there. approximately seven, almost eight hours ago this histori
of superstorm sandy. and it is going to be a long time before things really do get back to normal. many of you are helping us tell the stories of this disaster and the aftermath with your ireports. take a look at this one, our ireporter took this video that shows manhattan and the freedom tower from staten island. so you can see the finger-pointing right there. the water tanker washed up along the east river there. for the next half hour, we're going to bring you some of the best images and the best sound from our ireporter, josh lev is here to talk about it and take us through it. >> that was an iconic shot this week, when our reporter was there. folks this right now, this is your chance to see the most powerful and amazing videos and images of what our country has been through in the past week. including brand-new ones that have now come into this. some of what we're going to show you is heartbreaking, but some will make you smile. showing resiliency after the devastation. i'm going to show you pictures and facebook and tweeting with you, this is a conversation, let's get involved. fred, i'l
to be a pretty bad storm. >>> while you were sleeping, hurricane sandy downgraded to tropical storm sandy. the storm is still barreling north. damage to the campaigns could be catastrophic. >> of the 50 states affecting the president, these state could swing either way. the undecided states of america in focus. >>> she's walking and talking and asking for her school books. the miraculous recovery of the girl they could not kill. >>> rise and shine, saturday, october 27th. thanks for keeping us company. >> i'm victor blackwell. good to have you with us, as well. we begin with tropical storm sandy, which is slowly making its way towards the east coast. the storm is responsible for about two dozen deaths in the caribbean and now it's near florida. while sandy has been downgraded to a tropical storm, expected to regain strength this weekend. >> damage could top $3 billion, that's billion with a "b." the exact location of sandy's impact is still not known. really encouraging residents to prepare right now. several states of emergency including new york, pennsylvania, maryland. a limited state
erin? >> all right. right now it is nearly midnight on the east coast of the united states. sandy right now is right over the city of philadelphia. the 1,000-mile-wide storm is being felt even where we are. obviously the surge here has started to recede. but the big question will be in the biggest city in the world, when can it get back up and running again. that could be quite some time. let's send it off now to piers morgan tonight. >>> breaking news tonight, 11 people are dead, as super storm sandy pounds the coast from south carolina to maine. 2.8 million without power, the water rising from atlantic city, lower manhattan . a crane on a luxury skyscraper has been dangling over the top of a building. streets have been closed off. nearby buildings evacuated. erin burnett is here in new york with record-breaking levels. the water has now begun to recede, albeit temporarily. chad myers is tracking the dangerous storm from the cnn severe weather center. let's start at battery park in lower manhattan which recorded nearly 14-foot tide tonight. smashing a record from hurricane donna.
are lowest in south carolina, where the average gallon will cost you $3.17. >>> the images of sandy's destruction have been striking. the economic losses devastating. in addition to the homes lost because of the hurricanes. the more than 20,000 flights were canceled across north america. fedex tells "new york times" it has been struggling to find gas for its delivery trucks. the advertising company have lost $5 million because of tv disruptions and movie theaters took in only $3,000, $3,000 total in the city. the monday before that it took in $500,000. here to talk more about the economic impact of the storm is trish regan in new york. trish is the host of "street smart" on bloomberg television. trish, thanks for being with us. it seems like economists have been torn on the impact of this storm. some say this will even out because there will be so much construction for the rebuilding effort. others say that won't be enough. it won't work for waitresses who are waiting in restaurants. how do you see this? >> i think the latter there, victor. good morning. i think the reality is that
in event in orlando on monday to monitor hurricane sandy. and we're not sure if he's going to make any more k35i7b events. u.s. government has nonemergency federal workers granted administrative leave on monday due to hurricane. president obama declared a state of emergency for the commonwealth of massachusetts as a result of hurricane sandy. u.s. federal offices in d.c. closed. philadelphia, the southeast pennsylvania transit authority, septa as its called, will suspend all services at the end of the sunday service. listening, they're not playing around, if you're in any of these areas, you need to listen to what your officials are telling us. george howell is in kill devil hills, north carolina. george, you have been out there all day. tell me how the weather has intensified. >> reporter: don, i can tell you right now we are actually getting a break in the wind. the winds are dying down a bit, but they are also shifting. we can tell that's happening, and that strong rain is backing off, but this storm continues to move to the north and it is changing hour by hour. here within the last few
of the threats here from hurricane sandy. another number for you -- nine. nine days until election day. campaign plans in disarray because of the storm here. obviously already affecting the election and happenings on the trail. and the hunt for bin laden from inside the white house. author mark boden's account of what really happened that day in may, 2011. >>> good sunday morning to you. i'm brooke baldwin in for randi kaye here this sunday. it is 7:00 on the east coast. 4:00 on the west. thank you very much for starting your morning here on cnn. i do want to begin far westward. the tsunami fears in hawaii this morning we morning. we're talking about this because it's been triggered by a massive earthquake off the western coast of canada. take a look at pictures with me. these are live pictures you'll see in a second. beautiful pictures here, hawaii, the coast, we're watching the waves rolling in, evacuation orders have been issued. tsunami warnings are out. officials urging people to evacuate. local hawaiian officials are warning the tsunami waves are not at all over yet. >>> from tsunami to hu
>>> that does it for this edition of "360." "early start" begins right now. >>> sandy's stunning aftermath. devastation along the jersey store. you're taking a look at it, homes and lives wiped away. >>> rescue operations still underway as some people remain trapped in water-swamped homes. >>> and new york city struggling to recover. hundreds of thousands are still without power and a flooded subway system remains shut down. >>> more than 80 homes in that tight-knit neighborhood in queens in new york burned to the ground during the storm. amazingly, just three minor injuries there. >>> and president obama gets the firsthand look at the destruction today as he comes to new jersey. >>> the human toll from sandy, 33 people killed in the u.s., 6.5 million customers remain without power. the total cost of property damage and lost busiest mated betwe business is estimated at $10 to $20 billion. and that could be on the low end. good morning, i'm john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. we have a field of reporters covering the aftermath of sandy from every angle. rob marciano in new york
of hurricane sandy already here in ocean city all day long now. steady winds up to 27 miles per hour. steady rain just pelting down all day long. and we are here on the balcony of an oceanside hotel to give you perspective of what you're seeing. we are close to high tide and you can see the fierce waves behind me here along the shore. and this is really what local officials are worried about. the high tide and the combination of this long duration of the storm that they are expecting. they are expecting about 36 hours for hurricane sandy to really come through this area and just to show you over here as well, they have evacuated this entire area of downtown ocean city. and that evacuation deadline is fast approaching. we have seen people flee town all day long. and they have opened up local shelters in this county where we are hearing about 40 people resorted to shelters already. clearly, they have been preparing for this and also have learned from last year's hurricane irene. here's the local mayor. all right, well, we talked to the local mayor earlier and they are prepared under 24-hour op
the coast guard is saying. an admiral with an eye on hurricane sandy. or it could be devastation. not great choices. just hours before the center of this vast and powerful storm meets up with a cold front on the eastern seaboard, it is threatening and/or disrupting some 60 million people, from north carolina all the way up the coast to maine. wind damage, storm surges, inland flooding, snowstorms, all of these in the forecast, along with inevitable power outages that could last for days, if not more than a week. that's why hundreds of thousands of people who live, work or play near the water, including the spot you're looking at right now, atlantic city, they're all under a mandatory evacuation order. it's why classes are canceled for more than 2 million schoolchildren. it's why more than 10 million commuters in new york, philadelphia and washington have no bus service, have no subway service today. and thousands of airline flights, almost 10,000, in fact, into and out of the northeast corridor are canceled. if you need to drive anywhere in connecticut today, you better hurry up because the
a huge storm threatens to cause major destruction. the other bands of hurricane sandy are bounding the north carolina and maryland coast right now t storm is 270 miles southeast of cape hatteras. 75-mile-per-hour winds, sandy is moving north and expected to turn toward the east coast tomorrow and collide with a cold front, morphing into a dangerous megastorm. there are mandatory evacuations taking place in the lower lying parts of the state, tolls have been suspended in parts of the garden state park way to help out evacuees. and then on maryland where it too has been declared a state of emergency, there are voluntary evacuations in the lower lying areas and then in downtown ocean city, there are mandatory evacuations already under way and we understand that some of the other states are helping, including that of louisiana, which are helping out the state of maryland and then in d.c., public schools have been closed. sandbags are being distributed. so an awful lot is taking place and as it pertains to the race of the the white house, governor romney had some expected rallies that a
to be a pretty bad storm. >> sandy is barreling north. it could leave millions of people without power and the damage to the campaigns could be catastrophic. >>> of the 50 states electing the president, these are the states that could swing either way. all morning, we're putting the undecided states of america in focus. ♪ take a load off >>> he's a music legend. graham nash explains why he's defending the alleged wikileaks informer. >>> rise and shine, take a nice deep breath because you've made it to saturday. good morning, everyone. i'm christi paul in for randi kaye. so glad to have your company. 10:00 on the east coast. 7:00 on the west. i want to begin with suhurrican sandy, which has regained strength. one area that's really starting to feel the effects is the coast of north carolina and that's where we have george howell. in the last couple of hours, have you seen conditions change there, george? >> christi, good morning. we're starting to feel a little bit of the rainfall from this system. a lot of that rainfall has remained offshore, but here where we are along the outer ban
high tide, but that's what officials here are worried about, when that high tide affects sandy. the combination between those two means storm surge. the storm surge from hurricane sandy could rival hurricane gloria which destroyed and damaged the boardwalk here in ocean city. so that's something officials will be keeping an eye on. the mandatory -- residents have about a couple of hours to get out of town and the deadline remains in effect. and clearly this is a very rough area right now, already, we're feeling the winds, we're feeling the rain and there's also a voluntary evacuation for local lying areas as well. they're telling all visitors to get out of ocean city, they have closed down route 50 coming into ocean city already. so they're very prepared for this, but, wroum, talking to the mayor, he says that every storm is different and the personality is one that this storm is going to hover and linger for a long time and that's a real concern here. >> sandra endo thanks so much from oceans city. the hurricane coverage continues as the storm surges. it is going to be a very
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that they tell you about now. it involves you of victims of super storm, sandy who cannot return home or have no home anymore. our joe johns is following us in washington on this story. but what he is following is that new jersey governor chris christy is now saying that people in the affected areas of new jersey, people affected by hurricane sandy can now vote electronically. they can vote by e-mail and they can vote by fax. it is an interesting turn. joe, what are you finding out about this? >> well, it's a very interesting turn, don. as you said, in response to the super storm, the governor has issued a directive. this is for misplaced voters that can submit ballot applications by e-mail or by fax to the county clerk. the clerk sends them a ballot and then they have to return that ballot by about 8:00 p.m. on tuesday. it sounds highly unusual. to some, it may sound off the wall. but the fact of the matter is, in an emergency situation, there is some precedent for it. the united states actually has a program for military and overseas voters to basically do very similar things. so chris chri
as hurricane sandy heads toward shore. >> with our reporters up and down the east coast able to cover this hurricane like nobody else can, it is october 29th. and you are watching our special coverage rolling live coverage of hurricane sandy. right now hurricane sandy -- right now hurricane sandy is a category 1 monster. it is 1,000 mile wide swath. it will affect some 50 million people from north carolina all the way to new england. it's predicted to smash into a cold front. and what that means, that it would create a superstorm. that's what they're calling it, a superstorm. it would sit on top of the eastern seaboard for days. expected to create dangerous storm surge, flooding, as well. cnn has hurricane sandy covered like no other network. we're talking with the delaware governor jack markell, new jersey mayor cory booker, craig fugate will be our guest. virginia governor bob mcdonnell. john berman is live in battery park, lower manhattan. expecting big storm surge there. rob marciano has the forecast but also is live in asbury park, new jersey. sandra endo is in ocean city in mary
of our top stories here. the weather, of course. sandy has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but all along the east coast, people are bracing for it to regain strength before it actually makes landfall . in the northeast, there are fears that sandy could become a superstorm dumping heavy rains and downing power lines across several states and check out these images that we're getting from ft. lauderdale, florida. ocean waves spilling on to city streets there. the national hurricane center has issued tropical storm warnings and watches for parts of florida and the carolinas. alexandria steele joining us with more on this storm's path. what have you found out in the last couple of minutes? >> this is an incredible, powerful, hybrid of a storm and you talked about the track. the track with this, a lot of consensus. here's a look. this is saturday morning, the center of circulation. right now we've got tropical storm force winds extending 450 miles out from the center. it's a behemoth of a storm. so, here's the potential, again, to move northeast, expecting sunday night into monday you c
like no other network can. it is tuesday, october 30th. special coverage of superstorm sandy begins right now. >>> welcome back, everybody. lots to update you on this morning early before the sun comes up, lots of damage to talk about from last night. the walloping that new york's gotten from superstorm sandy. let's talk about the fires that are burning in breezy point queens. two dozen homes are actively on fire. 200 firefighters are on location there. they are trying to battle the fire. the fire started from downed power lines. you're looking at some of the latest pictures coming in to us this morning. downed power liens started this fire. the big problem for the firefighters, a lack of water appreciate your. 50 homes have burned to the ground. two dozen more are in the process of burning. we are following the story for you as the day continues. we'll have more information on that. more to tell you about, including floods and power outages. new york city brought to its knees in a large way. superstorm sandy was an epic weather event, many people are calling it. millions of lives h
of the country. hurricane sandy taking aim at the mid-atlantic coastline and the northeast. at last check it was about 205 miles southeast of atlantic city, new jersey. massive storm could affect 60 million people. we are talking from virginia to massachusetts. forkers to expect sandy to combine and cause a cold front that will cause massive power outages, and snowstorms and flooding. mountain areas of the state could get two feet of snow, so already starting to fall, and fema, federal emergency management agency, says the storm damage from wind alone could reach $3 billion. we're also going to be hearing from the president about 45 minutes or so from the white house. he is going to be making a statement, updating the conditions of what the federal government is doing to tackle this horrific storm. forecasters expect that sandy will make landfall as early as tonight. the eye of the storm appears headed for jersey shore. the delmarva peninsula. it's an area that includes delaware, parts of maryland and urban search and rescue teams already standing by in maryland, waiting for deployment or
the lower east side of manhattan. this morning, superstorm sandy, as she is called, has been continuing to rain havoc on the east coast. certainly happened here in new york city. today there are rescues under way. thousands of people in danger, potentially, in three towns in bergen county, new jersey, after a levee break there. right now an enormous fire is burning in the queens section of new york. 50 homes have destroyed. a transformer explosion to tell you about. ripped through the night as people described a powerful explosion, very loud. look at those pictures. update you on what happened at that con ed plant. 260 patients including babies from the nicu evacuated from a major hospital in new york city. historic record-breaking flooding consuming manhattan and parts of the northeast, as well. homes are under water and more than 6 million people are in the dark this morning. transportation is at a standstill. could be days before things get back to normal. cnn is covering the aftermath of the storm, and superstorm sandy's next path, like no other network can. it is tuesday, october 3
here as we're looking ahead to hurricane sandy. another number for you this morning, nine. as many nine days until the election and campaign plans, they're in disarray. how the super storm could affect the election. >> even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that god intended to happen. >> the remarks may be sparking outrage and it may be causing frustration. "new york times" on why rape policies are worse than -- sunday morning to you. thanks for being up and at 'em. i'm sitting in for randi kaye today. it is 8:00 a.m. on the east. haenks for starting your sunday with me. >> want to begin this hour with hurricane sandy and the latest update we have here at cmn. right now, first, some of the pictures. the storm already battering the shores of the carolinas, even though it centered more than 200 miles off the coast right now. we are seeing tropical storm warnings extending from south carolina up towards virginia. people all along the east coast right now over the weekend. rushing to get sand bags and flashlights and water and all kinds of other supp
, no overestimate. the words of garng were valuable as damage is estimated to be in the billions. sandy is big and powerful, a killer. 13 people reported dead, five in new york, 5.5 million people right now are without power. 23 states under high wind warnings and advisories. cnn estimates not from the water, not from the surge, just the wind. the wind damage will top $3 billion. remember, it's already killed 67 in the caribbean. >> it's become a fairly. cal scene in places hit hard. the roads flooded, water rising almost above the cars, approximately five hours ago this historic superstorm made landfall over the most populated areas of the united states. wind damage, power outages, storm surges, inland flooding, even snowstorms are threatening the lives and homes of 16 million people from virginia to massachusetts. >> we to want go back to new york and show you this crane that is just swinging above west 57th street. it's connected to a skyscraper. it's not complete. it's the 70th floor so far, going up to 90. one57. it snapped earlier today and now the boom is just swinging over that communi
>>> that's all for us tonight. i'll see you tomorrow with the latest on sandy 'aftermath and the latest from the white house. our thoughts and prayers for everybody suffering out there. "a.c. 360" starts right now. >>> good evening, 10:00 on the east coast. a lot to get to tonight, a lot happening. what we've been seeing all day, what we'll be seeing for a long time to come is not the after math to a disaster. ask anyone just down the street from us in the lower part of manhattan where it is still dark or across the water in staten island or down the jersey shore. they'll tell you. sandy is ongoing. the winds of sandy are still blowing in many ways. and almost every moment, there is a new reminder of why. we just got this video of a fire crew out on long island the night that sandy hit, surrounded by water, battered by wind and facing a wall of flames. you take a look. >> what about the downed wires? >> watch the wires over your head. they are stuck up in the tree right now. >> here comes the wind. >> the block is pitch black. >> imagine that, fighting fire in the midst o
alongside him will be governor chris christie. the election just six days away. and sandy unfortunately is not done yet. the superstorm is currently over pennsylvania, heading towards canada. cnn covering the story like no other network. rob marciano reporting for us, deb feyerick in new york, sandra endo and brian todd from new jersey and dan lothian is at the white house. wednesday, october 31st, "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome back, everybody, our starting point is breaking news this morning in regents point, queens where we've soon showing you some of these pictures yesterday, that massive fire that burned 80 homes to the ground. when sandy hit new york city. cnn crew on the scene is reporting to us a strong smell of methane gas. a utility pole spontaneously burst into flames earlier this morning. officials are now assessing whether the gas levels there are excessively high in this neighborhood, and that could force those fire crews to evacuate. right now, 6.6 million people still without electricity across 15 states, and washington, d.c. nearly 2 millio
, with the aftermath of superstorm sandi and full scope of devastation that's just now coming into view. these are new pictures just in to cnn minutes ago. the storm's death toll in the united states stands now at 40. new york police say 22 were killed in the city alone. check out this video from an nypd helicopter. across the region, thousands of people had to be rescued from their flooded homes. many were chased to their rooftops to escape the rising waters. today, as national guard troops roll into overwhelmed towns and villages, normalcy seems so far out of reach. more than 6 million homes and businesses still without power. and many will be shivering bus they don't have heat either for days and days to come. we have a lot to cover this morning. let's begin by narrowing our focus. first stop, new jersey. some of the most jaw-dropping images are coming in from the jersey shore. the resort area that has entertained vacationing americans for generations, one iconic landmark, the atlantic city boardwalk, lost a big chunk due to crashing waves. governor chris christie says the damage to the state's bea
've got to start over. >> three days since sandy and storm victims are still reeling and struggling to recover. >> five days until the election. both kaesdz on the road in the final battleground states. good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. we begin with the latest on the aftermath of the superstorm hurricane ire hurricane sandy. most buses are up and running again and they are free of charge. but most of lower manhattan still has no power and temperatures are dipping into the 30s and 40s. >> and there are no heartbreaking picture as long the jersey shore barrier islands. houses picked up, some just buried in the sand and governor chris christie who toured the destruction with president obama said some parts of the shore may never look the same again. >> the death toll reached 124 people with 56 in the united states. at least 28 in new york. and close to 5 million customers are still waiting for the power to come back on. >> cnn has the entire disaster zone covered this morning. our correspondents spanned
say the election should not be affected by sandy, but there are signs that may no longer be true and news just in from the cia. a new timeline of the events in libya. what it says about the administration's response. let's go "outfront." good evening. tonight, the wreckage. millions growing more desperate as they struggle to cope with the loss of homes, power and family in the wake of hurricane sandy. the u.s. death toll has risen to 88. 44 in new york state alone and the number continues to grow as many people are still missing. i spent the day on staten island where more have died in new york than anywhere else. some of the worst devastation is here and people told us they're not getting enough help as we visited some of the hardest hit areas with congressman michael brim, searchers discovered the body of two young boys. ageing 2 and 4, in the march. they were swept from their mother's arms. some were hoping for a miracle. there was no one today. >> we've confirmed four bodies. the two children they were looking for, they found the bodies. also in a different location, found an
. thank you so much for being with us. we begin this morning with hurricane sandy, within hours expected to explode into this superstorm. most of us have never season anything like it in our lifetime. already huge, tropical storm force winds spanning a width of nearly 1,000 mimes. it's aiming at the heart of the east coast, the most heavily populated corridor in the country. 50 million people are expected to feel the effects. hundreds of thousands are now under evacuation orders. fema predicts damage costs of about $3 billion just for wind damage alone. heavy rains or snow, storm surges, widespread flooding across the region depending upon where you live. we're also following a drama unfolding out to sea. a rescue is under way for the crew of the hms bounty, the ship built for the hollywood movie "mutiny on bounty." unbelievable. we'll have more on that es cue in just a minute. let's begin with the first reports of power outages. they're already rolling in. see meteorologist rob marciano is in the iconic new jersey town of asbury park. high, ro hi, rob. can you hear me? >> reporter: i he
, strengthening, category 1, sandy, and strengthening possible as it makes its way to the northeast coastline later today. >> thank you for the update. we're in columbus circle. you can see over my shoulder is central park. yesterday around 5:00 in the afternoon they started closing the park, kicking everybody out. the big issue is the trees. they lost some trees in hurricane irene. entire mass transit system as well for new york city has been shut down. that means there are no subways running. no buses running. there are no trains running. thousands of people have been ordered out, evacuated from the low lying coastal areas in brooklyn and in lower manhattan as well. john berman is in battery park. got coastal flooding from hurricane irene. this time around it's expected to be significantly worse? >> significantly worse. they're saying the storm surge could be 6 to 11 feet higher. there was a study out of column brie ye bum bee yeah university saying had storm surge been 1 foot higher, it would have cost an additional $50 billion in damage. a storm surge 2 feet higher would come up to my kne
on by superstorm sandy. both candidates put the talking points in their back pocket. but now with just three days left, the candidates are back on the trail with the talking points at the ready. we also have our correspondents spread out throughout the battleground states to bring you more on the election and the final push for both candidates. >>> let's step away from the map and let's get to the message for a moment. paul steinhauser is live in harrisburg, pennsylvania. paul, really a flurry of activity and travel for president obama and governor romney. what is their message for these final three days? >> victor, it's interesting, both of them have the same message. change. they're saying it in different ways. you're hearing a lot about change as they crisscross the campaign trail in the final days. both were talking about the message yesterday, last night in ohio. take a listen. >> the president says that, you know, it has to be this way. i say it has to change. he says, he's got excuses for us. i say, in fact, no, i have a plan for us. >> he says that we need to settle for where we are with
to be hearing a lot of in the next few days. the word normalcy, not so much. in the wake of superstorm sandy, normal life is a far off dream for so many millions in the northeast corridor and points west. worst of all, a still growing toll of lives lost. at least 40 in the u.s. one so far in canada. more than 6 million homes and businesses still don't have electricity but that is a big improvement from yesterday. and while floods and surges with some exceptions have gone down, that just makes the devastation all the more apparent. you are looking at point pleasant beach halfway between new york and atlantic city on the new jersey shore. president obama visiting these scenes this afternoon. the final day in full-on disaster mode before he gets back to the campaign tomorrow. a little global perspective for you right now, though. the scope and the magnitude of hurricane sandy from the satellite image courtesy of nasa. atlantic city is a sitting duck in the middle of the path. the jersey shore easy prey for those ruthless winds. the powerful surges and the relentless force of the images that you
. new jersey certainly hit the hardest by sandy. here's "piers morgan tonight." >>> good evening. you're looking live at the extraordinary sight. some three feet of heavy snow in west virginia. a blizzard in october. the result of superstorm sandy, which continues to cause chaos along the east coast. and here's hoboken, new jersey, still flooded by sandy in new york city. a city divided tonight between light and dark. no one can answer the big question, when will all the new york lights come back on? take a look at this. new video of what superstorm sandy did to southberry station at the tip of lower manhattan. it shows you just how extensive the damage is and why the entire subway system remains closed tonight, more than 24 hours after sandy blast add shore. we'll have the latest on the state of the subway and when it may be up and running again in a few moments. plus this dramatic video. up to ten feet of water. part of the basement of nyu langer medical center. nurses actually carried sick newborn babies down nine flights of stairs while manually pumping air into their lungs. quite
it is still dark or across the water in staten island or down the jersey shore. they'll tell you. sandy is ongoing. the winds of sandy are still blowing in many ways. and almost every moment, there is a new reminder of why. we just got this video of a fire crew out on long island the night that sandy hit, surrounded by water, battered by wind and facing a wall of flames. take a look. >> what about the downed wires? >> watch the wires over your head. >> here comes the wind. >> the block is pitch black. >> imagine that, fighting fire in the midst of all that water. the fire is out. the homes destroyed. power is out to more than 635,000 long island customers. for those 635,000 people, it is still a disaster. still a disaster as well for hundreds of thousands in new york's west chester county who might not see power for another nine days. in lower manhattan, they're at what could be billions of dollars in damage. andrew cuomo took me for a rare look at inside. >> when you saw the water coming out monday night, what went through your mind? >> it was one of the most frightening things. i mean
election coverage. we don't know what is going to happen here, we have sandy and a very close race, all the candidates are focusing their attention in the battleground states. the hold, the surprise here, make sure you watch what happens, america's choice, count down, 8 eastern, only here on cnn. >>> and from the political end game to more now on that slow, steady recovery from superstorm sandy, emergency teams are still doing the grim work of finding sandy's victims. and as i said the death toll in the u.s. has risen to at least 106 people. many areas are still without power. and authorities warn that it could be a week, a week before they get it back. 2.7 million households in the dark. nearly 3 million. electricity not the only thing in short supply. gas lines are still a reality for people in new york and new jersey and millions of gallons of fuel are being trucked to those affected areas. well, new jersey governor chris christie has ordered rationing in dozens of counties there. despite all the suffering there are signs of hope. >> 80% of the subway service has been restored. that
. that's exactly what sandy brought them. so an unprecedented event and something that really they didn't plan for. i asked them are you going to look into upgrading that? that would cost serious dollars but he did acknowledge, that's a question that certainly has to be discussed. >> i know you have spoken with a lot of new yorkers. how are they reacting? especially the lower part of manhattan? you're reporting that you will be without power for another four days? >> they're not happy about it. i can tell you that. and your friends and neighbors and see what is going on. this is only day one, wolfe. to get complete restoration back it will take a while. a lot of people are plugging their cell phone ins all over the place. some places are allowing folks to do that in the world of hand held devices. >> it is currently stable but looks like it is dangling precariously. construction crews will strap it to the building so the city can reopen the streets below. cnn acquired this amateur video of the crane collapsing during monday's heavy winds. a contracting company will have to figure out a
situation room" with wolf blitzer starts right now. >>> happening now, hurricane sandy takes aim at some of america's biggest cities and it's about to come ashore. conditions are getting worse by the hour. at least 23 states are now under warnings or advisories because of the storm's winds. damage could hit $10 billion or even a lot more. some states could see their worst flooding in a century. and in the appalachian mountains, they're expecting blizzard conditions. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> hurricane sandy is a monster storm, even though its center is still out to sea. tropical storm and hurricane force winds extend, get this now, for 1,000 miles. right now, damaging winds are blowing from southern new england across long island, new jersey, delaware and virginia. we have the full resources of cnn deployed on the story including crews up and down the atlantic coast as well as in cities that aren't used to this kind of a disaster. here's what the storm looked like this afternoon when the international space station flew over. you can clearly see the eye of the
this weekend as tropical storm sandy churns in the atlantic. sandy's downgrade from a hurricane was expected, but forecasts call for the storm to regain strength over the next few days. our george howell is on north carolina's outer banks. george, we can hear the wind. i heard with your mike test, what are you seeing out there? >> well, victor, good morning. yeah, we are definitely feeling the wind pick up here along the outer banks and the best evidence of that right behind me. you can see the choppy surf out here. obviously, no one out on this beach. this morning, victor, the possibility of rip currents out there. this is no place to be right now as this storm slowly moves toward us. in fact, we will feel the first band of this storm as it gets closer, the conditions out here will definitely deteriorate through the day. we know here along the eastern counties of north carolina several have declared states of emergency and there is a big concern today, victor, of flooding. mainly from storm surge but also from the rain that will come from the system. flooding, power outages, that's what peo
" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> a bit more than 26 hours since sandy first came ashore. breaking news, late word that new york's john f. kennedy international airport is open, but only for incoming flights and additional limited service resumes tomorrow. that's a major development for anybody trying to come into this -- into this city. and also ultimately trying to leave. new york's smaller airports, laguardia airport, which mainly serves domestic destinations, that remains closed due to flooding. newark liberty international airport reopens for limited service at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow. both good signs of life. a sign of life returning to normal but only beginning. small signs. 18 new yorkers we know have now lost their lives in this storm. 15 elsewhere. nearly 7 million are without power tonight, including about 750,000 here in new york. amazingly, no one died in the building you see behind me here. the entire facade of this building behind me collapsed. we're in a neighborhood called chelsea, really on the border of chelsea and greenwich village. but the picture s
very much. >>> sandy is not just a dangerous storm, mind you. it could have huge political ramifications, too. take a look at this picture we've put together for you. showing some of the campaign layers impacted by a major storm hitting the east coast. we've already started seeing this. campaign events across the country will be delayed or canceled. also, we told you to expect huge travel delays in addition to impacting millions of travelers. the campaigns may have to make some last-minute maneuvering themselves. a major storm hitting the most densely populated section of the country could divert local and national media coverage from politics to weather, news and updates, which, of course, means less visibility for the candidates. the race right now is as tight as it comes. the latest poll has romney at 48%, president obama at 47%. so essentially we're talking about a dead heat. cnn political editor paul joins me now with more. he's live in pensacola, florida, one of the critical swing states in this election. mitt romney is headed your way today in hopes of winning over u
the people, the emergency officials that he has been in touch with regarding superstorm sandy and that he would, in fact, take good care to make sure that people are responding to that natural disaster. also, very much sounding like this is a time where they are trying to, the candidates, put partisan politics aside. here's what he said just moments ago. >> because when disasters strike, we see america at its best. all the petty differences that consume us in normal times all seem to melt away. there are no democrats or republicans during a storm. there are just fellow americans. >> want to bring in briana keiller, with the president in green bay, wisconsin. briana, i thought that was a really interesting passage there, part of this speech. there are no democrats, republicans during a storm. we're all just americans. well, some people say, you know what, the storm is over, and we are back to politics as usual. how is he balancing these two messages? >> reporter: well, this was really the segue. part of the way that he is balancing is by staying in touch, obviously, with officials in affec
sandy. "cnn newsroom" continues with brooke baldwin. >> thank you. good to be with you on this thursday. important jobs news with just five days to go here before the election. this is a new report, released today which indicates the u.s. employers hiring in bigger numbers than expected. let me be clear. this information, this is not coming from that all-important government jobs report. that doesn't come out until tomorrow. so today's numbers come from adp. they process payroll so let's go straight to alison kosik for this. what more do we know about this report? >> okay. what this report does, brooke, surveys how many jobs that private employers have added so it means all those industries that are outside of the government arena and what it said this time around for october is 158,000 jobs were added. and it came in better than expected, seeing good job gains in services and construction and a second report on jobs showing unemployment claims fell by 9,000 last week. decent pieces of news from the labor market but the reality is analysts say it may not have a huge imp
in the wake of superstorm sandy. a storm that killed 56 people. the crisis is far from over. ambulances tonight lining up outside of new york's bellvue hospital to evacuate 700 patients. the new jersey flames raging through the shore town of mantoloking. the mutual admiration society saw president and governor christie. this is what the president promised the victims of superstorm sandy. >> we are here for you. we will not forget. we will follow up to make sure you get all of the help you need until you rebuild. >> meanwhile, six days until election day, mitt romney is in the must-win state of florida with a new bipartisan tone. >> i've got to be able to reach across the aisle and get good democrats and republicans to work together. good democrats love america, just like good republicans love america. >> michael moore is here to react to all of the events and if you have questions tweet us@piers tonight. we will begin on the long hard commute for millions of new yorkers. it's a rough time for many new yorkers. obviously a rough time for many people on the east coast. in new york it seem
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